The 2023 Buick Encore will once again hit the market, and we can expect it to come with refreshed styling. Despite some rumors that this subcompact crossover could be discontinued in the United States and Canada next year, we got some information about the upcoming model.
As you probably know, the manufacturer replaced last year’s 138-horsepower engine with a new turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder unit that’s more powerful. According to Buick, this engine is capable of developing 155 horsepower with raised torque of 177 lb.-ft. Like before, power goes through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the standard front-wheel-drive setup or an optional all-wheel-drive arrangement.
2023 Buick Encore Design Changes
Proportionally, the 2023 Buick Encore remains unchanged and is still 14 feet long. Compared to other rivals in the same class, the Buick Encore looks more compact. As a result, drivers can grab a much easier parking spot. In terms of styling, the forthcoming model will be refreshed mostly in the front, including a revised grille, headlights, and hood.
Also, the manufacturer added plastic skid plates at each end, which should protect this SUV from small impacts. The GX model is also available and is larger by a few inches. This variant looks sportier thanks to its crisp body lines, streamlined stance and dramatic styling.
More Pleasant Interior
Inside, the forthcoming 2023 Buick Encore will offer a more pleasant interior. The cabin is much more upscale compared to the previous one, and the Encore offers the same seating arrangement. With two rows of seats, this small SUV provides enough room for five passengers.
The rear seats can be split and folded in the customary 60/40 manner, offering a luggage area of 18.8 cubic feet. You can still fold seats down and increase the luggage area to 48.4 cubic feet. With only one trim level this year, the Preferred Encore has a fairly generous level of standard equipment. This includes single-zone air conditioning, active noise canceling, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth/simulated leather upholstery, and a 7-inch touchscreen. The Buick Encore also includes smartphone integration Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, plus a 6-speaker sound system.
2023 Buick Encore Engine Specs
Unlike the previous generation, the new 2023 Buick Encore will use a more potent engine. As we mentioned, the manufacturer replaced last year’s 138-horsepower engine with the new turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder unit. Thanks to that, the Encore is 155 horsepower with a maximum torque, which is also raised from 148 to 177 lb.-ft.
On top of that, this small subcompact crossover sends power through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the standard front-wheel-drive setup. Of course, you can still add an all-wheel-drive arrangement optionally.
When Can We Expect the 2023 Buick Encore?
Considering small upgrades and changes, the forthcoming 2023 Buick Encore will have a starting price of around $25,000. Besides the refreshed model, the manufacturer will also introduce the new Encore GX.
If you’re wondering about what the difference between the Buick Encore and the Encore GX is, the Encore is smaller and older than the GX. Also, the GX is available in a choice of trim levels. We’re expecting both models to hit stores sometime next year, probably in the second half. In the same ballpark with the Encore are models such as the Mazda CX-30, Kia Seltos, and Hyundai Kona.